One-to-One Therapy For Addiction Rehabilitation

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction, individual (one to one) therapy forms an important part of rehab and recovery beyond. Getting to the root cause and challenging behaviours that have led you into addiction form a major part of the rehabilitation process. At Banbury Lodge, our bespoke recovery programme entails a number of different therapeutic models.

What Is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is a collaborative process between yourself as a client and a trained counsellor. People come to counselling with all kinds of goals, often people coming wanting to improve their quality of life. Sometimes people come for support in facing difficult situations in their lives. The counselling process aims to help you overcome obstacles to your well-being.

Having individual counselling can help you to experience increased positive feelings, like self- worth and self-esteem. Often counselling will teach skills for learning to manage emotions and difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals. Essentially the aim of individual therapy is to help you reach greater levels of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and growth.

Therapists are trained professionals who provide a safe space, support and maintain confidentiality. Many counsellors specialize in particular areas and are very much used to helping people work through difficult and painful processes. Everybody is different and will come to counselling at different stages in their journey, because of this it is common for therapists to combine ideas from different approaches when addressing a person’s needs.

Through one-to-one work with a trained therapist you will be able to:

  • Explore and resolve your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours
  • Understand the effect of past experience
  • Identify areas for development
  • Gain greater insight and understanding into yourself and the world
  • Set and work toward personal goals

Types of Individual Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on the interconnectedness of thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, and changing patterns that are unhelpful in your life.

Other effective approaches include:

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): Can help with managing difficult situations, improve emotional regulation, and build effective interpersonal skills.
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): aims to increase awareness, acceptance, and openness to thoughts and emotions.
  • Psychodynamic therapy: looks at how your unconscious processes are manifesting in your life.
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT): Builds on effective communication skills, assertiveness, and connection with others.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will help bring to light any unhelpful patterns of thought you have about yourself and the world around you. Once identified they can then be challenged in order to bring about positive change in your life.

CBT centres on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can keep you stuck in a destructive cycle.

CBT aims to help you develop skills and tools with which you can cope with difficult situations. CBT will empower you to change negative patterns in your life and improve the way you feel.

Focusing on one day at a time, CBT is about bringing about positive change in the present. The skills you learn through CBT will last a lifetime, not just for the duration of therapy.

For more information please read our dedicated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy page.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) aims to give you the tools and skills that will enable you to succeed in reaching your therapeutic goals – emotionally, cognitively, and socially.

Dialectical behavioural therapy is designed to help you manage difficult emotions, through acceptance and regulation skills. During DBT you will work toward finding a balance between acceptance and change.

Mindfulness is an essential part of the skill set taught during DBT. Practising mindfulness will help you to observe your thoughts without judgement, and to be present and grounded in the moment.

DBT aims to help with

  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation

To learn more about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy please visit our dedicated page.

Psycho-dynamic Therapy

Psycho-dynamic therapy is based on the work of analytic theorists such as Sigmund Freud, as well as Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank and Melanie Klein.

The primary aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness, from there you can explore, understand, and process deep-rooted emotions.

The premise is that our unconscious minds carry painful feelings and memories which are too difficult for the conscious mind to bear. In order to protect the conscious mind from these memories, you may develop defences such as denial, after a while, these defences begin to impact negatively on your life.

The psycho-dynamic approach can be helpful for a wide range of different issues. It does require the willingness to explore and learn about the self, as well as working on distress relief skills.

Psycho-dynamic therapy is often a deep, long term approach in which patients see results in months rather than weeks.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) utilizes both acceptance and mindfulness to help develop psychological flexibility and resilience. ACT is usually delivered in a one-to-one setting and number of sessions you receive will very much vary from person to person.

ACT is a time-limited approach that works on acceptance of difficult feelings and thoughts, from this place of acceptance you then are able to choose whether to take action to create positive change in your life.

Acceptance and commitment therapy is not necessarily about creating change in the external world, rather it is about creating the capacity to change – a flexible and mindful relationship with internal and external issues. ACT aims to reconnect you with your thoughts, feelings, experience and values.

There are six core processes employed by ACT to establish psychological flexibility. There are:

  • Acceptance
  • Contacting the present moment
  • Cognitive diffusion
  • The observing self
  • Values
  • Committed action

Interpersonal Therapy

Also referred to as IPT therapy, interpersonal therapy is a structured, time-limited therapy. It typically works on interpersonal issues as they arise as well as those that you are already aware of.

The underlying premise of interpersonal therapy is that psychological symptoms are often a response to the difficulties we have in our relationships with others.

Every therapy session will vary according to the therapeutic approach used by the counsellor and the individual circumstances of the client. There are however some general facets of interpersonal therapy that may well be utilized:

  • Awareness and Identification – accurately identifying the emotion you are feeling can be trickier than it may sound. An interpersonal therapist will help you identify emotions by reflecting back to you and helping you to clarify your experience.
  • Expression – the therapist will help you to express yourself whilst providing empathy and non-judgmental acceptance of what it is you are feeling.
  • Processing and resolving– through the process you will look at the patterns that have played out in your relationships and addressing how that impacts your life today.

How Is Therapy Useful?

Individual therapy provides a safe, caring, and confidential environment in which you can explore your feelings, beliefs, and behaviours. It will give you the opportunity to process and resolve your past and help you to identify aspects of your life that you would like to change. Therapy will be useful in helping you to better understand yourself, helping you set goals, and helping you achieve those goals.

People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma to dealing with addictions to dealing with mental health problems.


Individual therapy is considered to be an essential part of addiction treatment for most people. Addiction is much more than physical dependence, even after detox has been completed, and physical dependence is no longer present, addicts are still at high risk of relapse.

Factors like stress, triggers, and social isolation can create ongoing, almost irresistible, urge to relapse. Individual counselling can help you learn to regulate your emotions effectively, work on relapse prevention tools and enable you to develop helpful interpersonal skills.

There are various approaches that might be used in individual counselling for addiction, no one approach is suitable for all addicts. The right counselling treatment plan will be tailored to your own individual needs and goals.

Mental Health Problems

Mental health is a key part of overall well-being. Someone with good mental health and emotional well-being is capable of reaching their potential and enjoying life. Whilst we all experience challenging times if poor mental health becomes a persistent feature in your life, it may be time to seek some help.

Current figures suggest that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The most common types include depression and anxiety.

Mental Health Statistics

  • Mental health problems affect 450 million people worldwide.
  • 1 in 6 adults in the UK will experience a significant mental health problem annually.
  • 1 in 10 children and young people between ages five and 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder.
  • Depression affects 2.6 in 100 people.
  • Anxiety affects 4.7 in 100 people.
  • Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common disorder in Britain (affecting 9.7 in 100 people).
  • More women than men are diagnosed with depression (1 in 4 compared to 1 in 10 men).
  • Male mental health is a growing concern in the UK as suicide is currently the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50.

Individual therapy can help you deal with your mental health effectively by providing a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental space in which you can process what is happening and get the support you need.

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